WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - A sanitary sewer overflow (SSO) was reported in the 300-block of the Bayshore area at 3:29 p.m. Wednesday.
Cape Fear Public Utility Authority (CFPUA) crews were onsite before 4 p.m. and shut off the station which stopped the spill.
Work began to recover as much wastewater as possible and CFPUA crews installed a bypass to route the flow away from the break.
The cause of the break is unknown but the spill was attributed to a force main break immediately in front of a pump station.
This is not the first time damage to sewer pipes has caused wastewater to overflow into Pages Creek.
WECT has reported sewer overflows that have spilled into Pages Creek on at least three previous occasions in recent years: 2014, 2015, 2018. An estimated cumulative total of 8,000 gallons of sewage overflowed into the creek on these three occasions.
Work continued into Thursday morning and CFPUA conducted water quality sampling at the site.